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Juicy Scent

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

juicy scentCucumber Cantaloupe Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

This juicy scent brings you right into summertime.  Cucumber Cantaloupe Fragrance Oil is famously balanced between two of the best summer scents: cucumber and cantaloupe.  And, in this delicious, juicy scent you can even smell each aromatic note.  When in products, cucumber cantaloupe really turns heads.  Rich and full of the most mouth watering notes, this fragrance is rated 5 stars from everyone.  A juicy scent that works beautifully in every aspect of the customer demands from candles, to body products, to car fresheners.  This very fresh scent is a classic!

What does Cucumber Cantaloupe Fragrance Oil smell like?

Oh what a wonderfully fresh fragrance oil by Natures Garden! An aromatic blend of ripe cantaloupe, with base notes of juicy cucumber and fresh green notes. A Best Seller!

How do our customers use Cucumber Cantaloupe Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters; our customers use this juicy scent in their soy waxes like 464 and 415.  It also works well in Joy wax, WOW wax, pillar of bliss, and Palm wax.  And, Cucumber Cantaloupe scent has good hot and cold scent throw.  As for home scenting ideas; this fragrance oil has been used to make smelly jellies, aroma beads, reed diffussers, oil burners, and odor freshening sprays.

On the bath and body end of products, the usage rate for this fragrance oil is 5%.  This fabulous and juicy scent is used to make:  melt and pour soaps, body butters, body frostings, bath salts, body creams, and handmade lotions.  And, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this juicy scent is amazing!  Here are the official results:  A great classic.  Juicy and fruity.  So rich and full.  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration.  This was cp phenomenal!!!  Very pale creamy discoloration if any at all in final soap.  Scent stayed super strong throughout cure.

Lotion Recipe

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Homemade Tropical Lotion RecipeThis amazing Tropical Lotion Recipe is filled with skin loving and moisturizing elements.  But, not only does this lotion sink right into your skin, it smells like a tropical paradise.  Just the perfect thing to snap you out of the winter blues, and get you ready for summer!

To make this lotion, there are some supplies you will need.  To heat and melt the oils/butters, you will be using a double boiler method on your stovetop.  You will also need a larger mixing bowl to combine the water and butters/oils, as well as a stick blender to encourage the emulsification process.  Other than that, the rest of the supplies are pretty standard:  a scale, a mixing spoon, a spatula, and a funnel (optional).

As for the rest of the ingredients in this lotion recipe, they can all be found at Natures Garden.  You will also be able to find the bottles and lids to package your lotion in by clicking on this link.

Here is the lotion recipe to make (2) 8 oz. bottles:
Water Phase:
425 grams Distilled Water
8 grams Sodium Lactate
Oil Phase:
24 grams BTMS 25
10 grams Mango Butter
28 grams Rice Bran Oil
30 grams Fractionated Coconut Oil
6 grams Vitamin E Oil 
To Scent and Preserve:
10 grams Optiphen Preservative 
12 grams Papaya Dragon Fruit Fragrance Oil 
To get the same color pictured, you will need:
5 drops Da Bomb Soap Dye Yellow
7 drops Da Bomb Soap Dye Blue

It is suggested before starting this recipe to prep your area with all of the supplies that you will need.  Also, clean and sanitize your work area as well as your packaging materials.

And now, the steps:

The Water Phase:
Step 1:  Using your scale, weigh out at least 525 grams of distilled water.  Even though you will only be using 425 grams for this lotion recipe, you want to account for evaporation while heating.  Place your water in a pot.  Place the pot on the stove top.  Heat the water to 180 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once the water hits that temperature, hold it there for 20 minutes.  This step will eliminate any bacteria that may be in the water.

heat your distilled water

Step 2:  When the time has elapsed, remove the water for the stove top/heat. Weigh out 425 grams of the water.  Then, add the sodium lactate.  Stir and set aside.

adding sodium lactate to lotion recipe
The Oil Phase:
Step 1:  Grab a larger pot.  Place a few inches of tap water into this pot.  Put this pot on to the stove top on medium heat.  Now, weigh out and combine the following:  Mango Butter, BTMS, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Rice Bran Oil, and the Vitamin E.  Place all of the ingredients into a smaller pot.  Then, place this smaller pot in to the larger one.  This is the double boiler method.  As the ingredients melt, stir occasionally.  Heat the ingredients in the smaller pot to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.

double boiler method for the lotion ingredients

The Mixing Phase: Get ready to move!
Step 1: Double check that your water and your oils are both around 140 degrees Fahrenheit.  Then, in a large mixing bowl combine the oil mixture and the water.

adding the oil phase to the water phase
Step 2:  Using your stick blender, begin to emulsify.  This will become apparent when your mixture turns white in color.

emulsifying lotion recipe

The Cooling Phase:
Step 1:  Now, allow your mixture to cool.  The temperature that you are looking for is 120 degrees Fahrenheit.  Once your lotion is this temperature, add the Optiphen preservative, colorant, and fragrance oil.  Once again, using your stick blender, mix.

preserving your lotion
Step 2:  Finally, let your lotion cool to room temperature and then place it into your bottles.

packaging your lotion

You have now turned your Tropical Lotion Recipe into Homemade Tropical Lotion.  You will just love how truly amazing this lotion is!  Enjoy the tropical fruits of your labor!

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is your responsibility. If you plan to resell any recipes we provide, it is your responsibility to adhere to all FDA regulations. If there are ingredients listed in a recipe that Natures Garden does not sell, we cannot offer any advice on where to purchase those ingredients.

Menthol Crystals

Monday, January 27th, 2014

menthol crystalsThe menthol crystals that Natures Garden carries are actually crystallized peppermint essential oil.  These crystals are 100% natural and have a variety of uses when introduced into your products.

Although menthol crystals can be made synthetically, when derived naturally they come from mint oils such as cornmint or peppermint.  Once the extraction occurs, the oil is immediately frozen (cold extraction) which forms the menthol crystals.  These crystals, which look similar to smaller oblong rock crystals, are solid at room temperature but have a melting point of around 107 degrees Fahrenheit.  These menthol crystals which are a white or clear crystalline substance are soluble in alcohol and propylene glycol and they are miscible in oils.

Menthol crystals have many uses.  They can be found in many industries such as oral hygiene, candies, pharmaceuticals, personal care, perfumery, and tobacco.  They naturally have a strong minty odor to them.  And, their usage percentage in a product can vary anywhere from .2% to 10% depending on the end product that is being formulated.

Menthol contains local anesthetic, antipruritic, analgesic, antispasmodic and anti irritant qualities.  The use of menthol in bath and body products can actually engage the cold sensitive receptors in our skin and provide a cooling sensation.  This same sensation can also occur from inhaling menthol as well as ingesting it.

menthol crystals in oral hygiene
Oral Hygiene:

In the realm of oral hygiene this ingredient is used not only for its refreshing flavor, but also to combat bad breath and can be used in mouthwash and toothpaste.

 

menthol crystals in gumFlavoring and Candies:
Menthol crystals are used to flavor many of our favorite go to minty pleasures.  It is used with the addition of anise to produce the tried and true flavor of licorice.  The crystals are used in peppermint and spearmint chewing gum for their refreshing and cooling feeling when chewed.  And, it is also even used in the production of many hard candies.

menthol crystal usesPharmaceuticals:
For slight throat irritations, menthol crystals can be used in items like cough medicines, cough drops, and throat lozenges.  The addition of this ingredient will cause a soothing and cooling sensation in the inflamed area.

Menthol crystals can be used to alleviate nausea, especially when the nausea is due to motion sickness.  This is because peppermint (which is used in making menthol crystals) is a natural carminative herb, meaning it can settle the digestive system.

Because menthol crystals have antipruritic and anti irritant qualities, they are great for anti itch creams and balms.

When it comes to chest congestion and upper respiratory issues; menthol can work as a decongestant.  The uses in this category for menthol crystals include: rubs, balms, or salves.  Inhaling the minty aroma of these crystals will also help to alleviate the blockages.

For an excellent fever reducer, menthol crystals can be made into wraps to be applied to the head or feet.  These wraps can also be made into balms or cooling gels.

menthol crystals in bath productsBath and Body: (Once made into a liquid form)

Menthol crystals are a great addition to lip balms.

Menthol crystals are a remarkable additive to lotions and creams for their analgesic property.  This provides temporary relief of minor aches and pains, as well as sprains in muscles.  Because menthol is antispasmodic, they can also help to reduce muscle cramping and muscle spasms.

Due of their amazing cooling, analgesic, and anesthetic properties, menthol crystals are extremely helpful in the treating of sunburns and razor burns.  The cooling sensation in gels and shaving balms simulates the feeling of ice providing some instant relief from the pain.  But, menthol can also penetrate deeply to numb the pain area temporarily.

Menthol crystals can even be used in deodorants, hair shampoos, and hair conditioners for their refreshing and cooling sensations.

Adding menthol crystals to soap recipes can enhance your soap for any of menthol’s benefits.  Just make sure the crystals are completely dissolved in the soaping oils and stirred well to reduce skin irritations. 

menthol crystals in perfumes

Perfumery:
Menthol is even used in the perfumery industry.  When dealing with notes of floral, especially that of rose, perfumists will use menthol to produce menthyl esters.  These esters actually accentuate these delicate notes.


Tobacco:

Menthol crystals are used to flavor various tobacco items such as cigarette tobacco, pipe tobacco, and chewing tobacco. 

The shelf life for these crystals is 2 years when stored accordingly.  However, areas with high humidity may experience the hardening and mass joining of these crystals into a solid lump.  This lump may be broken up by lightly hitting it with a mallet.  Also, areas with high levels of heat may melt the crystals.  Menthol crystals are best stored in a tight fitted glass, aluminum, or double lined container.  The crystals should be kept in a cool and dry area away from heat and direct sunlight.

Care should be taken when using menthol crystals in skincare products, as using too much may irritate the skin.

Natures Garden sells our menthol crystals for external applications only.  In the preceding post, we discussed how these wonderful crystals have many different uses in vast industries.  Nothing in this article is to be construed as medical advice.  Please consult your doctor before using any of this information for treatment purposes. We provide this data for educational purposes only.

Gifts for Guys

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Dude Fragrance Oil On the hunt for gifts for guys? 

This holiday season show those special men in your life just how much you appreciate them with a homemade gift.    Homemade gifts are heartfelt, memorable, and are way less expensive than department store presents.  Plus, being that your gift is homemade, you can cater it exactly to the person whether it is your boyfriend, husband, grandfather, brother, uncle, etc.

These easy to make recipes are written with step by step instruction, and are tried and true being formulated, made, and tested.

Hydrating Hand SticksHydrating Hand Sticks-  Perfect for your man in the elements, this recipe provides skin conditioning, moisturizing elements, and a “weather proof” coating for the skin, especially skin that is chapped and windburned.  A great gift idea for mechanics, construction workers, hunters, or anyone that enjoys the outdoors; these hydrating hand sticks are the perfect size to stay on the move with your busy man.

rejuvenating foot balmRejuvenating Foot Balm Recipe-  Great for tired and achy feet, this foot balm recipe will be heaven on earth for the men in your life that need a little pick me up.  With energizing essential oils and conditioning ingredients this recipe is awesome for any man on the move.

edible massage barSexy Edible Massage Bar-  A wonderful gift for any man that deserves a massage at the end of the day, this recipe is one you can both enjoy!  This massage bar is the answer if massage oils are a little to messy for you or the man in your life’s liking.

whipped-shaving-soap-pic2Whipped Shaving Cream-  A solution for any man of shaving age on your holiday gift list, this shaving cream recipe provides an excellent sleek shave free of nicks and cuts.   Plus with a rich lathering foam, this whipped shaving cream makes a wonderful gift for a ideal shave every time.

Winter Body Butter RecipeWinter Body Butter-  Winter can do a harsh number on the skin with the wind, low humidity, and bone chilling temperatures.  This winter time body butter recipe is especially moisturizing and nourishing.

beer candleBeer Candle-  What man would not love this beer candle?  Perfect for any manly man on your list, this gel wax candle smells and looks just like beer (it even has froth).  A great addition to any man cave!

green camoGreen Camouflage Candle-  If your man is the outdoors type, this granulated candle done in camouflage fashion is your answer.  Easy to make and fun to design, this scented candle will really stand out!

Cold Process Beer SoapBeer Cold Process Soap Recipe- If cold process soaping is nothing new to you, this beer soap recipe is a true winner.  With it’s thick and creamy lather, these soap bars are worth the extra effort.

Cold Process Shaving SoapCold Process Shaving Soap Recipe-  If the men on your holiday gift list hold grooming high in priority, this shaving soap will be exactly want they want.  With skin loving benefits and amazing lather, this easy to make shaving soap will have your man grinning from ear to ear.

Hunters Cold Process SoapHunter’s Cold Process Soap-  Receiving rave reviews, this cold process soap recipe is loved by every man, especially the “hunting crowd”.

On a special note:  Because you are making these recipes from scratch, you are able to scent these items with any fragrance oil (body safe fragrance oil if it is a body product).  To see a full list of all the fragrance oil possibilities please click here.  If you are interested in masculine type fragrance oils like designer scents, or man themed aromas, check out Natures Garden’s Masculine Category of fragrances.

 

Oatmeal Milk n Honey Fragrance Oil

Saturday, August 3rd, 2013
oatmeal milk honey

Although this fragrance can be used in candle wax, our customers absolutely adore Oatmeal Milk n Honey in their bath and body products.

 

Oatmeal Milk n Honey Fragrance Oil- Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Natures Garden’s Oatmeal Milk n Honey Fragrance Oil is dubbed by many of our customers as the “best oatmeal milk n honey fragrance oil on the market!”  This fragrance is a best-selling one and is also considered a must have for any bath and body product line.  What is so appealing about this fragrance is that it is a very strong scented oil of such gentle, soothing, and calming elements.  The sweet finish of the scent completes the perfect balance.

What does Oatmeal Milk n Honey Smell Like?

This delicious scent is warm and cozy and catches the attention of people of all ages.

The wonderful fresh aroma of hawthorne, with nuances of creamy French vanilla, soy milk and a base note of nutty almond.

How Do Our Customers Use Oatmeal Milk n Honey Fragrance Oil?

For candle crafters and home scenters; our customers use this fragrance oil in their soy waxes (like 464), Joy wax, and WOW wax, with a good scent throw.  As for other home scenting ideas; this fragrance oil has been used to make smelly jellies.

On the bath and body end of products, the usage percent for this fragrance oil is 5%.  This fabulous fragrance is used to make:  melt and pour soaps, body butters, bath salts, body creams, laundry soaps, and handmade lotions. The reviews of this fragrance oil also stated that the scent lasts on your skin.  And, for those of you that are cold process soapers, this fragrance is amazing.  Here are the official results:  Perfect Pour, no ricing, no acceleration, honey really popped when added to the soap, discolored to a golden yellow, scent is rich and delicious.

If you are looking for an amazing project using Natures Gardens Oatmeal Milk n Honey Fragrance Oil, check out Natures Gardens free recipe for the Oatmeal Milk Honey Cold Process Soap Recipe.

How to Properly Exfoliate

Sunday, July 28th, 2013
lip scrub

When you are exfoliating your body from head to toe, don’t forget about your lips! Using a lip scrub like Natures Gardens Natural Sugar Lip Scrub will do the trick at leaving your lips completely soft and kissable; to match the rest of your freshly exfoliated body.

 

How to Properly Exfoliate

In order to keep your skin looking healthy and radiant, exfoliation must be done; especially as we age.  The keys to remember here are to have an exfoliating tool like a loofah or wash cloth, your exfoliating scrubs (one for body, one for face) and moisturizer ready.

The best time to start the exfoliation process is before a shower or bath.  By rubbing down your body before getting it wet, you will be able to remove dead skin cells, therefore allowing the new skin cells to be cleaned and pores unclogged.

Never exfoliate if you have skin that is sunburned, areas with cuts, or open wounds.  Exfoliating these areas will be very painful for you.

If you are interested in making some great exfoliants for your skin, check out Natures Garden’s Scrub Recipes for some awesome do it yourself scrubs containing some great exfoliants.

Steps for Exfoliating Your Skin:

1. Using a loofah (for oily skin), wash cloth (for sensitive skin), exfoliating gloves (for normal skin), or bath pouf; wipe your body down from head to toe.  This should occur before you step into your shower or bath.  The goal of this step is to remove or loosen any dead skin cell in order to properly exfoliate your skin.  In order to properly exfoliate the soles of your feet, you may want to use a pumice stone since typically the skin here is much harder.  This is done in a circular motion, and be careful not to press to hardly.

2.  Next, step into the tub and wet your body.

3.  Then, apply your exfoliating body wash or scrub to your exfoliating medium (loofah, cloth, gloves, etc).  When you are ready to start washing your body, you will want to do this is a small circular motion.  Although it is not necessary, using a body brush is the easiest way to exfoliate those hard to reach places of your body.  If you are exfoliating your face too, make sure you use a facial exfoliant.  Body exfoliants and facial exfoliants vary in the amount of gentleness for your skin.

4.  When you are ready to rinse, use lukewarm water.  Once all of the cleanser/lather is rinsed off, you will want to do one more final rinse with the coldest temperature water that you can take.  Using the cold water will help to close your pores that were just exfoliated.

5.  Finally, step out of the tub and immediately apply your body lotion.  You still want your skin to be damp.  Since you just exfoliated, you will want to make sure it is a moisturizing lotion.  Since exfoliating your body can be drying process, you want to make sure you are allowing your skin to stay healthy and hydrated.

A great body lotion recipe which is very healthy for your skin is Natures Gardens Shea Lotion with Herbal Infusion.  The herbs used in this recipe are rich in skin loving benefits.

One of the best facial cream recipes is Natures Gardens Natural Facial Night Cream.  This cream also has super nutrient herbs that are wonderfully healthy for your face.

Happy Exfoliating!

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Natures Garden is not responsible for the performance of any of the recipes provided on our website. Testing is your responsibility. If you plan to resell any recipes we provide, it is your responsibility to adhere to all FDA regulations if applicable. If there are ingredients listed in a recipe that Natures Garden does not sell, we cannot offer any advice on where to purchase those ingredients. We also do not offer any advice on formulating or altering recipes.

Sunflower Oil on Polyvore

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013
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Each day Deborah will choose her favorite Polyvore Design and post it to our blog.  All of the products used in this polyvore are listed below; in case you would like to do some shopping!  Natures Garden Soap Making Supplies are frequently used by designers on Polyvore to create their “sets”.  Come join us on Polyvore and design your own!

Natures Garden Sunflower Oil is shown in this polyvore.

 

Luxurious Hair Care Products

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

fragrance oilsWhat’s your name & Your Company Name:  Abigail Wickham and my company is Shukura Natrorganics.

Embracing the hair you’re born with sounds like it should be the easiest thing in the world, but for some, it’s a huge challenge.  Shukura Natrorganics produces KuSHEaMa Hair Care and is the brain child of Abigail Wickham.  These products provide a solution for all hair types, for all possible problems of the hair and scalp. All products are composed of only natural ingredients, based on KuSHEaMa Hair Care products are made in Texas USA and combine the healing power of herbs and natural oils, quality and comfort in use. All products are composed of natural oils: Flax Seed oil, Macadamia oil, Oblepiha Sea Buckthorn oil, Kukui Nut oil, Neem oil, Argan oil and Cashew oil, Creatine, Shea Butter, Olive oil, Wheat and Barley oil and Nettle oil.  My hair care line encompasses products for the whole family. Whether your hair is curly, kinky, straight, processed, there is something for everyone. The line has four distinct products offerings: Curl, Traditional products, Honey for Hydro Moisture and Coconut for Hydro conditioning and moisturizing.  Additionally, I also produce skin care and body care products that offer moisturizing and conditioning properties to the skin. The skin care line includes lotions, misters and creams to target dry skin such as eczema and dry heals. My natural dry skin products are designed to be a healthy non-toxic treatment for eczema, psoriasis and dry itchy sensitive skin.  My eczema treatments are made with nature’s finest ingredients for dry and itchy skin. Experience the difference our all-natural alternative creams and butters will bring to even the driest of skin. You will notice relief, comfort and smooth skin within a matter of days. Is a line of candles and room and linest sprays to lighten your mood and freshen your home. A wonderful addition to your collection of candle scents.

I especially love the flower and herbal fragrance oils. My herbal hair butter comes in two fragrances – Rosemary Mint and Lavender Sage.  My hair conditioner is scented with the Lavender Apple fragrance.  I just recently made a hair pomade using the Tangerine/Mango fragrance.cosmetic supplies

Your Website:  www.shukuraa.com

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/ShukuraNaturals

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Shukura4

Pinterest Page:  http://pinterest.com/shukuranaturals/

Natural Bath and Body Products

Saturday, April 20th, 2013

fragrance oils1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name?  My name is Rosa Liz Rivera and my company name is Rosa’s Natural Soaps.

2.  Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business?  I decide to go in business because I’m a Register Nurse Specialist in Wound and Skin Care (CWSCN) and I saw that there many people suffering for skin problems & diseases like dermatitis, sensitive skin, psoriasis, eczema, dryness, acne, fungus disease and itchy skin. Also I observed that traditional medication are abrasive, dangerous and doesn’t really work; Commercial soaps worsen theses conditions; many “natural soaps” wasn’t real natural loaded of dangerous chemicals and the good real natural soap was too expensive. So I decide to use my medical knowledge to create my own Old Fashioned Soap recipe of all natural soap making to create the most affordable; long lasting, creamiest, with great lather properties and gentler soap you ever use without using any bad chemical for your skin. We don’t add color, Coconut oil or Palm oil to our soaps to avoid skin irritation. We always test our soap PH to ensure it’s safe for the skin. We start our business on February 2012. Also we offer Pure Natural dogs shampoo bar for dogs with skin conditions. The Shampoo bars have special blends of essential oils that repel fleas and ticks naturally. In 2013 we started to sell our soap Loafs for wholesale purposes and fundraising events.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  I make and sell a Huge Variety of Natural soaps, dog shampoo bars, lip balm, Shea Butter + Vitamin E Body Butter, Natural Body lotions, Natural Bath Whip Butter Base and Natural Foaming Sugar Scrubs.

4.  What are your business goals?  My business goal is be one of the top sellers of Natural Soap maker in USA and PR, offering a superior customer satisfaction/service level.

 5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  I always use several fragrance oils, Optiphen preservative and packing containers from Natures Garden. My favorite product is the Sasutma fragrance oil.

Your Website: www.rosasnaturalsoaps.com

Facebook page:  www. Facebook.com/rosasnaturalsoaps

Skincare Products for Sensitive Skin

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

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1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name – Marcy Moorhead, owner of Willow Bay Naturals

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I had been buying handmade soap from other people and decided to research how to make it myself. I have really sensitive skin and always had problems finding skin care products that worked for me that didn’t irritate my skin. I had an online sales business previously, that I had just recently sold and I was looking for my next project. So, I decided to put my time and efforts into learning how to make handmade soap and other natural skincare products. I started the business in 2009.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  I make cold process soap, lotion, lip balm, soy candles, air freshener, and essential oil aromatherapy products.

4.  What are your business goals?  I would like to make a decent living at doing what I love. It is still a work in progress, trying to streamline my product line into what I enjoy making and what is most popular.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden?  Many of my favorite and most popular fragrance oils are from Natures Garden – Australian Bamboo Grass, Bite Me, Lily of the Valley fragrance oil, Loving Spell, Green Clover & Aloe, and Clean Cotton are all top sellers in Soap, Candles, and Room & Linen Spray.

Your Website:  www.WillowBayNaturals.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/WillowBayNaturals

Twitter: www.twitter.com/WBNaturals

Blog:  http://www.willowbaynaturals.com/blog.asp